18TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
4-8 JULY 2013
CALL FOR PAPERS
In late April 1842 Charles Dickens made what he called a ‘run into Canada’. He considered it a country where ‘public feeling and private enterprise’ were ‘in a sound and wholesome state’, and he found ‘health and vigor throbbing in its steady pulse’. Of Toronto he said, ‘the town itself is full of life and motion, bustle, business, and improvement. The streets are well paved and lighted with gas . . . the shops excellent’. It is here that we will gather from 4-8 July 2013, to reunite with old friends, and make many new ones.
As well as a fine run of academic presentations and Dickensian discussion, delegates will be treated to several special events: a gala Dickens concert, with music provided by the Toronto Chamber Choir; a visit to historic Fort York (a strategic location in the War of 1812); and an excursion to Niagara Falls (which Dickens visited) and Ontario’s wine country.
Papers (deliverable in twenty minutes) may be proposed on any aspect of Dickens and his works. One-page proposals should be send by 30 April, 2013, to Dr Leon Litvack, School of English, Queen’s University, Belfast BT71NN Northern Ireland, UK. Email L.Litvack@qub.ac.uk
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Academic sessions will take place at Victoria College, on the University of Toronto’s St George campus, in the downtown area. All Symposium venues are air conditioned, as are the residence rooms which have been reserved for delegates. Toronto is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, with over one hundred languages spoken. It is Canada’s commercial and cultural capital, with excellent transportation links to major centres in North America and the rest of the world. The University of Toronto is Canada’s leading teaching and research institution, and counts among its notable intellectual figures Northrop Frye, Marshall McLuhan, and Robertson Davies. Many creative writers are among its famous alumni, including Stephen Leacock, Margaret Atwood, and Michael Ondaatje.
The Robert B. Partlow, Jr. Prize will be awarded to one or two outstanding graduate student submissions. Please see the Partlow Prize section of this website for more information.